School of Population and Global Health

Dr Colleen Fisher

Colleen Fisher

Professor Colleen Fisher

Head of School
Population and Global Health, School of

Contact details
School of Population and Global Health
The University of Western Australia (M431)
35 Stirling Highway
+61 8 6488 2193
+61 8 6488 1188
BA PhD Curtin
B.A (Soc Sci) Hons Curtin University of Technology 1993
PhD Curtin Univeristy of Technology 2001
Key research
Main Research Areas: family and domestic violence, including its health implications for women and children; support services for women and children; early intervention and prevention; and community and policy responses.
Other research interests: women’s health with particular focus on reproductive health, childbirth and chronic illness including cancer and the health impacts of caring.
Qualitative research methodologies.
Book Chapter
Sharplin, E., Fisher, C., & McGowan, W. (In Press) Understanding Equity in Health in A. Reid (ed) Equity and Education: Exploring New Directions for Equity in Australian Education.

Journal Articles

Strange, C., Fisher, C., Howat, P. & Wood, L (In press)Parenthood and social capital: Creating a village in modern suburbia. Urban Policy and Research.

Keeling, J., & Fisher, C. (In press) Health professionals' responses to women's disclosure of domestic violence. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

Strange, C., Fisher, C., Howat, P., & Wood, L (In press) Fostering supportive community connections through mothers' groups and playgroups. Journal of Advanced Nursing.

Amorin-Woods, L.G., Nedkoff, L., Parkin-Smith, G., & Fisher, C. (In press). The design of a practice-based study of attendees at chiropractic offices in Western Australia. British Journal of Medicine and Medical Research.

Byrne, J., Hauck, Y., & Fisher, C. Bayes, S., & Schutze, R. (In press). Effectiveness of a mindfulness-based childbirth education pilot study on maternal self-efficacy and fear of childbirth. Journal of Midwifery and Women's Health.

Kemp, V., Fisher, C., Lawn, S., Bailey, S., Battersby, M. & Isaac, M. (2014). 'Small Steps': Barriers and facilitators to physical health self-management by people living with mental illness. International Journal of Mental Health Promotion. DOI:10.1080/14623730.2014.931069.

Strange, C., Fisher, C., Howat, Pl, & Wood, L. (2014). The essence of being connected: The lived experience of mothers with young children in newer residential areas. Community Work and Family. DOI: 10.1080/13668803.2014.935704.

Fisher, C., Atwell, K., & Wise, M.J. (2014)Vaccinations are a vital part of ethical 'alternative' lifestyles. The Conversation. January 2014.

Fairtherone, J., Fisher, C., Bourke, J., & Leonard, H. (2014). The experiences impacting on the quality of life of mothers of children with autism spcetrum disorder and intellectual disability: A qualitative study. Psychology Research vol., 8, no. 4.

Carter, M., Fisher, C., & Isaac, M. (2013) Recovery from co-morbidity: Depression or anxiety with alcohol misuse - an integrative supradisciplinary review and critical re-appraisal.Sage Open 20:3, 1-14, DOI:10.1177/2158244013512133

Brata, C., Gudka, S., Schneider. C.R., Everett, A., Fisher, C., & Clifford,.RM (2013) A review of the information-gathering process for the provision of self-medication via community pharmacies in developing countries, Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy

Wall, D., Kristjanson, L., Fisher, C., Boldy, D., & Kendal, G. (2013) Responding to localised prostate cancer: Managing emotional distress during the peri-diagnostic period

Fisher, C., & Hunt, L. (2013 In Press) Domestic Violence in Mid Life: What do we know? What can we do? Women Against Violence

Fisher, C. (2013) Changed and Changing Gender and Family Roles and Domestic Violence in African Refugee Background Communities Post-settlement in Perth, Australia. Violence Against Women.

Fisher, C., Hauck, Y., Bayes, S., & Byrne, J (2012) Participant Experiences of Mindfulness-Based Childbirth Education. BMC Pregnancy & Childbirth 12:126

Keeling, J., & Fisher, C. (2012) Women’s Early Relational Experiences that Lead on to Domestic Violence. Qualitative Health Research, 22,11, pp. 1559-1567.

Gausia, K., Ryder, D., Ali, M., Fisher, C., Moran, A., & Koblinski, M. (2012) Obstetric complications and psychological wellbeing: Bangladeshi women’s experiences with pregnancy and childbirth. Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition, 30,2, pp.172-180.

Fisher, C., & O’Connor, M. (2012) ‘Motherhood’ in the Context of Living with Breast Cancer. Cancer Nursing, 34,2, pp.157-163.

Smith, C., Fisher, C., & Mercer, A. (2011) Rediscovering Nursing: A study of overseas nurses working in Western Australia. Nursing and Health Science, 13, pp. 289-295.

Fisher, C. (2011).Implications of Participation and Equality in the Research Process for Health Promotion Practice: Domestic Violence as an Example. Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 22,2, pp. 119-123.

Gausia, K., Moran, A.C., Ali, M., Ryder, D., Fisher, C., & Koblinsky, M. (2011) Psychological and social consequences among mothers suffering from perinatal loss: Perspective from a low income country. BMC Public Health, 11, pp. 451.

O’Connor, M., & Fisher. C. (2011) Exploring the dynamics of interdisciplinary palliative care teams in providing psychosocial care: “Everybody thinks that everybody can do it and they can’t” Journal of Palliative Medicine, 14,2, pp.191-196.

O’Connor, M., Fisher, C., French, L., Halkett, G., Jiwa, M., & Hughes, J. (2011). Exploring the community pharmacist’s role in palliative care: Focusing on the person not just the prescription. Patient Education and Counselling, 83,3, pp. 458-464.

O’Connor, M., Pugh, J., Jiwa, M., Hughes, J., Fisher, C., & French, L. (2011) The Palliative Care Interdisciplinary Team: Where is the Community Pharmacist? Journal of Palliative Medicine, 14,1, pp.7-11.

Guggisberg, M., Larsen, A.C., Fisher, C., Spilsbury, K., Zilkens, R., & Semmens, J. (2010) Danger Signs: Ethnicity, relationship status and lethal threats associated with intimate partner violence. Australian Journal of Gender and Law. 1, pp. 41-59.

Guggisberg, M., & Fisher, C. (2010) Abused Women’s Double Jeopardy Interacting with Law Enforcement on Issues of Intimate Partner Violence, Women Against Violence, 22, pp.18-27.
Gausia, K., Fisher, C., Ali, M., & Oosthuizen, J. (2009). Magnitude and contributory factors of postnatal depression: a community-based cohort study from a rural subdistrict of Bangladesh. Psychological Medicine, 39,6, pp. 999-1007.

Gausia, K. Fisher, C., Ali, M., & Oosthuizen, J. (2009). Depression in Pregnancy and suicidal ideation among rural Bangladeshi women: a community-based study. Archives of Women’s Mental Health, Vol., 12 pp. 351-358.

Guilfoyle, A., Breen, L., Fisher, C., & O’Connor, M. (2008). Understanding the Burden on Palliative Care Home Carers. International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences 3,8, pp. 39-48.

Gausia, K., Fisher, C., Ali, M., & Oosthuizen, J., (2008). Magnitude and contributory factors of postnatal depression: A community-based cohort study from a rural sub-district of Bangladesh. Psychological Medicine. Available on line 24 September 2008

Fisher, C., O’Connor, M., & Abel, K., (2008) The Role of Palliative Day Care in Supporting Patients: A Therapeutic Community Space ‘International Journal of Palliative Nursing, 14,3, pp.117-125.

Gausia, K., Fisher, C., Algin, S., & Oosthuizen, J. (2007) Validation of the Bangla version of the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale for Bangladeshi sample. Journal of Reproductive & Infant Psychology. 25,4, pp. 308-315.

Fisher C, Hunt L, Adamsam R & Thurston W (2007) ‘Health’s a difficult beast’: The interrelationship between family and domestic violence and health. The Western Australian situation. Social Science and Medicine, 65,8, 1742-1750

Fisher, C., O’Connor, M, Guilfoyle, A., & Maasen, M. (2007). ‘A Foot In Two Worlds': Young Women And Identity Construction In The Context Of Cancer. Paper presented to Joint SAANZ & TASA Conference, 4-7 December 2007, Auckland NZ.

Gausia, K., Hamadani, J., Islam, M.M., Ali, M., Algin, S., Yumus, M., Fisher, C., & Oosthuizen, J. (2007) Prevalence of and Risk Factors for Postnatal Depression (PND) among Bangladeshi Women. Psychiatry Investigation. 4 (Supplement 1), April 2007, pp. 107

O’Connor M, Guilfoyle A, Breen L, Mukhardt F, & Fisher C (2007) Relationships between Quality of Life, Spiritual Well-being and Psychological Adjustment Styles for People Living with Leukaemia: An Exploratory Study. Mental Health, Religion & Culture, 10,6, 631-647.

Gausia, K., Hamadani, J.D., Islan M.M., Ali, M., Aglin, S., Yunus, M. Fisher, C., & Oosthuizen, J. (2007) Bangla translation, adaptation and piloting of the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale. Journal of the Bangladesh Medical Research Council, 33,1-6.

O’Connor, M., Fisher, C. & Guilfoyle, A. (2006). Interdisciplinary teams in palliative care: a critical reflection. International Journal of Palliative Nursing, Vol. 12, No. 3, pp. 132-137.

Fisher C, Fenwick J & Hauck Y (2006) How social context impacts on women fears of childbirth: a Western Australian example, Social Science & Medicine, Vol 63, No.1 (July), pp. 64-75.

Fisher, C., O’Connor, M., & Guilfoyle, A. (2006). Listening with the third ear and other expertises’: A case analysis of social work discourse in the context of the multidisciplinary palliative care team. Australian Community Psychologist, 18,2, 7-19.

Fisher, C. (2003). ‘The Invisible Dimension: Abuse in Palliative Care Families. A
Review’ Journal of Palliative Medicine 6,2: 257-264.
Funding received
Criminology Research Council ($76,500) Chung, D., Fisher, C., Zufferey, C & Thiara R., Prevention of, and Improving Government Responses to, Sexual Violence in African Communities

WA Health Promotion Foundation, Healthway ($245,421) Isaac, M., Fisher, C., Battersby, M., & Lawn, S. Promoting Health Self-Management by People Living with Mental Illness.

Australian College of Educators ($20,000) Sharplin, E., Fisher, C., Forsey, M & Lee T. Equity Project 2: Equity in Education: Drawing on perspectives and understandings outside education.

WA Health Promotion Foundation, Healthway ($29,993) Fisher, C., Hunt, L., Gausia, K., Moore, A., Turnock, D., & Lumis-Jones, C. Domestic Violence in Mid-Life Women: Experiences, Intervention and Prevention.

Pharmacy Guild of Australia ($643,534) Jiwa, M., O’Connor, M., Girgis, A., Hughes, J., Shaw, T., Davidson, P., Wilkinson, A., Mullen , J., Fisher, C., & Halkett, G. Palliative Care in Community Pharmacy,

Lotterywest ($102,660-00). Fisher, C. in collaboration with ASSeTS. Understandings of Family & Domestic Violence in Emerging African Communities

Department for Child Protection ($30,000-00) Fisher, C., Guilfoyle, A., & O’Connor, M., Evaluation of I&IE SAAP V Early Intervention Outreach Programmes.

Health Department of Western Australia. ($10,000) Health Promotion Strategic Directions – Injury Prevention Guilfoyle, A., & Fisher, C.

Family & Domestic Violence Unit, Department for Community
Development. ( $30,312) Fisher, C., & Ryder, D. PhD Scholarships –Family and Domestic Violence, Mental Health and Substance Use Co-morbidity.

Canadian Institutes for Health Research ($20,000) Thurston W, Hunt L, Kaosar A, Kovindha O, Razakh, Fisher C: Characteristics of women’s domestic violence health policy communities in five countries

The WA Nurses’ Memorial Trust ($8,355-00)White, K., Cousins, K., O’Connor, M., & Fisher, C.,: Meeting the Psychosocial Needs of Palliative Care Patients and Their Families: Palliative Care Nurses’ Concerns.

Telstra Foundation ($45,000) O’Connor, M., Sims, M., Fisher, C., Kristjanson, L., White, K., & Monterosso, L: Building Parenting Strengths to Enhance the Psychological Wellbeing of Families (Especially Adolescent Daughters) of Mothers with Breast Cancer.

Office of the Status of Women and Partnerships Against Domestic Violence ($55,000) Cant, R., Downie, R., Fisher, C., Froyland, I., & Henry, P: Evaluation of Perpetrator Programs for Mandated and Voluntary Participants in Western Australia

Department for Child Protection ($30,000-00) Fisher, C., Guilfoyle, A., & O’Connor, M., Evaluation of I&IE SAAP V Early Intervention Outreach Programmes.

WA Police ($40,000) Fisher, C., Ryder, D., Guilfoyle, A., O’Connor, M., Darby, Design, Conduct, Interpreting of Results and Report on an Evaluation Strategy for the “Fit for Life” Workplace Health Program.

Health Department of Western Australia. ($10,000) Health Promotion
Strategic Directions – Injury Prevention Guilfoyle, A. & Fisher C
Industrial relevance
Past Chairperson Orana House Inc

Member: Advisory Group on Prevention and Early Intervention of Family and Domestic Violence

Past Member: WA Department of Health Family and Domestic Violence Advisory Group
Health Promotion
Qualitative Research Methods
Practicum Coordination
Current projects
Chung, D., Fisher, C., Zufferey, C Preventing and Improving Responses to Sexual Violence for Women from African Communities

Isaac, M., Fisher, C., Battersby, M., & Lawn, S. Promoting Health Self-Management by People Living with Mental Illness.
Research profile
Research profile and publications

School of Population and Global Health

This Page

Last updated:
Tuesday, 14 November, 2017 11:37 AM